Oxford Castle Unlocked is full of archaeological treats!
Visitors to Oxford Castle Unlocked enjoy a 50-minute tour with a character guide from the castle’s colourful history.
The tour of the historic buildings takes in the Saxon stone-built St. George’s Tower, the atmospheric Norman crypt, the preserved Georgian prison wing and the man-made mound, with breath-taking birds'-eye views of the city.
Archaeological highlights include…
The castle’s crypt was rediscovered in the 18th century by Daniel Harris, the prison governor, an amateur archaeologist himself! As he was building the new prison wing above the long-lost crypt, the floor collapsed, revealing the crypt’s stunning arches below. Mr Harris then renovated the crypt in order to keep it intact, adding two columns to the original four, which are of Norman heritage.
Take a stroll across the castle site and just past the prison gardens behind the castle itself, you’ll find a segment of the original Saxon walls to the city which were discovered during archaeological excavations in 2003. St. George’s Tower is now thought to have formed the West Gate of the city and the Saxon walls provide good evidence for this theory because the wall leads to the Tower.
The Well Chamber
In the 13th century, a well chamber was built within the mound to provide a fresh source of water in case castle residents found themselves besieged. Visitors who climb to the top of the mound can also venture beneath it to see the well chamber as it is still standing today, 800 years later!
Plan your visit!
To plan your visit or find out more, visit www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk.
Remember... members of our local YAC clubs enjoy 2 for 1 entry with their YAC Pass Card when accompanied by a full-paying adult.
Blog by Chiara Pincelli, Oxford Castle Unlocked
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